The Jets' Myers will play his first game back in Buffalo

January 9, 2018

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - The Sabres just played in Winnipeg on Friday and tonight, the Jets are here.

It’s been almost three years since Tyler Myers was traded to Winnipeg, but tonight will be the first time he’s played in this arena as a member of the Jets. The big defenseman said, “It’ll be fun, first game back since the trade.” Myers has played twice against the Sabres in Winnipeg.

Myers won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in Buffalo, but as his career went on here, fans began to turn on him. Despite that, he has fond memories, “There are a lot of good memories. It was a fun city to play in, we had a really good group of guys, there aren’t that many there anymore, but it was fun, I really enjoyed my time there.”

Winnipeg comes in with wins in five out of six games and have gotten points in all six games.

Connor Hellebuyck has really taken over in the crease and done very well. He’s 23-4-6 with a 2.36 goals against and .923 savde percentage.

Mark Scheifele has 38 points in 38 games, but he’s out long-term. The Jets still have Blake Wheeler who has 50 points in 43 games and Patrik Laine who has 18 goals.

The Sabres come home after seven straight road games. They won only once in the seven games going 1-4-2.

They have given up 14 goals in three games, with two of those empty netters.

Robin Lehner missed practice on Monday, but he’s OK and will get the start. Lehner is 9-16-6 with a 2.87 goals against and .911 save percentage.

Lehner had a great rebound game in Philadelphia making many huge saves. He stopped 25 of 27 shots.

Jack Eichel has taken the Sabres scoring lead from Evander Kane. Eichel had an assist in Philly breaking a streak of three straight games without a point. Kane has just one point in five games.

Brendan Guhle will play his fourth NHL game tonight and first this season. In 35 games with Rochester, Guhle had seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points. The Sabres have two home games before their five day break, so Guhle will likely go back down after Thursday’s game.

Buffalo got a power play goal in Philadelphia giving them power play goals in three of five games.

The penalty kill has faltered giving up goals in seven out of eight games. Phil Housley knows why, “Number one, we’re giving teams too many opportunities and number two, we’re not getting into the shot lane. We’re not getting that 200-foot clear at the critical time in the penalty kill and those were the areas we were really good at.

“We’ve been pretty good at home here and we’ve got to continue to be good in these last two home games.”

The Sabres are 91.3 percent in this building on the penalty kill which is third in the NHL.


Tuesday’s lines:

Girgensons  Eichel  Okposo

Kane  O’Reilly  Pominville

Wilson  Rodrigues  Reinhart

Larsson  Josefson  Nolan


Scandella  Ristolainen

Beaulieu  Bogosian

Guhle  McCabe


Join Schopp and the Bulldog at 6:00 for the pregame live from 716 when they’ll be joined by Phil Housley, Tyler Myers and Brendan Guhle